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You Are Invited To Join In On European Researchers’ Night
2013-09-18 12:31:23

CERN, ESA, ESO and UNESCO in partnership with the Italian Institute of Astrophysics invite the public to Origins 2013, an exceptional event taking place simultaneously in Geneva, Paris and Bologna on European Researchers’ Night, 27 September.

Sharpest Ever Image Of Prawn Nebula Unveiled
2013-09-18 10:42:57

Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope at the European Southern Observatory's Paranal Observatory in Chile have taken the sharpest image ever of the Prawn Nebula.

Amateur Astronomers See Fireballs Collide With Jupiter
2013-09-15 04:40:06

Amateur astronomers observing Jupiter with video cameras for the past three years have observed a trio of collisions between small stellar objects occurring around the planet.

Astronomers Find Peanut Sitting In Middle Of Milky Way
2013-09-12 10:32:13

Two teams used data from European Southern Observatory (ESO) telescopes to create a three-dimensional map of the central parts of the Milky Way. While crafting the map they found that the inner regions of the galaxy take on a peanut-like appearance from certain angles.

Mapping Location Of Galactic Clouds
2013-09-11 14:31:55

Astronomers using the Mopra Telescope in Coonabarabran, Australia have begun mapping the location where stars are born.

Black Hole Blows Powerful Streams
2013-09-06 08:51:29

A worldwide network of radio telescopes has allowed astronomers to find strong evidence that a powerful jet of material is blowing massive amounts of gas out of the host galaxy.

Twin Star Insights Into Sun's Future
2013-08-28 13:47:51

Astronomers have identified what they are calling the Sun's oldest twin, HIP 102152, sitting 250 light-years away from us.

ALMA Workers Strike
2013-08-23 12:34:07

Despite its remoteness and unique scientific work environment, the ALMA observatory in Chile is not immune to the disputes between workers and management that affect every other industry.

Sharpest Photos Ever of the Night Sky
2013-08-22 04:43:24

Astronomers have used a new type of telescope camera to capture the highest-resolution images of the night sky ever – answering some longstanding questions about planetary formation in the process.


Latest European Southern Observatory Reference Libraries

Very Large Telescope
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Very Large Telescope -- The Very Large Telescope (VLT) consist of four optical telescopes that have 8.4 meter aperture. The VLT is a project of the European Southern Observatory organization. It is located at the Paranal Observatory on Cerro Paranal, a 2,635-m high mountain in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. The VLT consists of a cluster four of large telescopes, and an interferometer (VLTI) which will be used to resolve fine features. The telescopes have been named after the...

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Overwhelmingly Large Telescope -- The European Southern Observatory has undertaken a concept study for the next generation of ground-based Extremely Large Telescopes (ELTs). Dubbed OWL, ESO's concept is conceived as a 100 m. diameter optical and near-infrared, adaptive telescope. With milliarc second resolution and limiting magnitude V~38, OWL will be capable of imaging solar system objects at resolutions comparable to that offered by space probes, over much longer time scales. It...

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La Silla Observatory -- La Silla is a 2400-m mountain, bordering the southern extremity of the Atacama desert in Chile. It is located about 160 Km north of La Serena. Its geographical coordinates are: Latitude 29 15' south & Longitude 70 44' west. Originally known as Cinchado, the mountain was renamed La Silla (the saddle) after its shape. It rises quite isolated and remote from any artificial light and dust sources (astronomy's worst enemies). La Silla was the first ESO...

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2004-10-19 04:45:40

European Southern Observatory -- ESO, the European Southern Observatory, was created in 1962 to: "establish and operate an astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere, equipped with powerful instruments, with the aim of furthering and organising collaboration in astronomy". ESO is supported by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Other countries have expressed interest to become a member as well. ESO...

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Mount Wilson Observatory -- astronomical observatory located in California on Mt. Wilson, near Pasadena. Mt. Wilson Observatory was founded in 1904 by George E. Hale. Its equipment includes 100-in. (2.5-m) and 60-in. (1.50-m) reflecting telescopes and two solar-tower telescopes 150 ft. (46 m) and 60 ft. (18 m) in length. The most recent addition is the CHARA (Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy) array operated by Georgia State Univ.; it consists of six 39-in. (1-m) aperture...

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Word of the Day
aphotic
  • Having no light.
  • Of or relating to the region of a body of water that is not reached by sunlight and in which photosynthesis is unable to occur.
The word 'aphotic' comes from Greek roots meaning 'without' and 'light'.
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